Mission and Principles

Hermano Lejano is a mission dedicated towards helping Salvadoran deportees settle back into their countries. Through financial support, job relocation, and bilingual academic programs, Hermano Lejano is dedicated to making the transition easier. We approach the situation from a practical…..

“Despite the problems, risks, and difficulties to be faced, great numbers of migrants and refugees continue to be inspired by confidence and hope; in their hearts they long for a better future, not only for themselves but for their families and those closest to them.”

Pope Francis

Homily at Lampedusa, July 8, 2013

“To be called a refugee is the opposite of an insult; it is a badge of strength, courage, and victory.”

Tennessee Office for Refugees

 

Hermano Lejano strives towards conditions of human dignity and social equity by supporting migrants who have been displaced from their second home in the United States. Already refugees once, Salvadorans who are no longer legally allowed to stay under Temporary Protected Status (which has been ended for El Salvador by President Trump) are facing another displacement, back to the country they left to begin with. Our diverse support networks and individual attention are aimed at continuing to protect these migrants in their journey back to El Salvador.

Meet our Team

A dedicated group of individuals in both our El Salvador and U.S. offices work to support our diverse network and our mission.

History

Karla Sagastizado | April 25, 2018

From 1980-1992, El Salvador experienced its most destructive war. The Salvadoran Civil War was a gruesome battle between the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) and the Salvadoran government. Through bomb attacks and gun violence, the Salvadoran Civil War caused…..

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Employment Opportunity at Call Centers

admin | April 25, 2018

One industry that many El Salvadorian deportees have been able to find employment in is working at some of the newly opened call centers. While much of El Salvador’s economy is stalling, the call center industry is rapidly on the…..

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Returning El Salvadorian Women Face Danger

admin | April 25, 2018

Women who have left El Salvador and then are forced to return face danger of reprisal by gang members because they left the country. El Salvador has a high rate of femicide and gendered violence, and the legal system often…..

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El Salvador is Unprepared

admin | April 25, 2018

El Salvador is unprepared to support all of the TPS holders that could be forced to return. If every TPS holder was forced to return to El Salvador, the countries population would swell by over 3%. In addition, remittances from…..

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Political Involvement

Megan Leahy | April 24, 2018

Hermano Lejano does not lobby or actively advocate for immigration reforms, but we support the efforts of those who do. It is not within the limitations or scope of our relatively small organization to address all aspects of the problem,…..

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TPS Status Ends for El Salvador

Megan Leahy | April 23, 2018

The Trump administration announced in January that it will be ending Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, which has allowed more than 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants to live in the U.S. legally for the past 17 years. Department of Homeland Security…..

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Confidentiality

Megan Leahy | April 20, 2018

Due to the sensitive nature of our work, we ensure that all information about Salvadoran nationals we possess is strictly confidential. We will not publicize or share your information without your explicit permission. We want to make sure you feel…..

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Our Partners

Megan Leahy | April 20, 2018

Hermano Lejano is a organization dedicated towards change. Our headquarters are located in Washington, D.C. and San Salvador, El Salvador. Using our two different locations, we can insure that all deportees under our care will return to a safe and…..

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Why Our Work is Necessary

Megan Leahy | April 20, 2018

President Trump announced that he would no longer renew the status of immigrants from El Salvador who came to the US under the TPS (Temporary Protected Status) program. This means that two hundred and sixty thousand people are now left…..

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What We Do

Megan Leahy | April 20, 2018

The focus of Hermano Lejano is to help Salvadoran refugees to the U.S. who are no longer under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or who are otherwise being deported back to El Salvador to make the transition smoothly. People who having…..

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